Taxi In Las Vegas

Of course, a Las Vegas taxi is another way to get around. Be sure you have enough cash for the fare because Las Vegas taxi drivers will not accept credit cards. The base fare is $2.40 per mile but you should know that there is an initial charge of $3.30 when the meter starts to run. If you are starting your trip from the airport, expect an additional charge of $1.80. The meter is a funny thing. If it detects that the cab is going slower than a certain speed then it will charge .20 every 32 seconds. So your fare will continue to go up even when the cab isn't moving.

By law, each cab can only take 5 people, including infants and children. If members of your group exceed 5 you'll have to split up. For newcomers to Las Vegas, you may want to find out how much it will cost to get to your destination before you get into a Las Vegas taxi. It's a common thing for shady cab drivers to take the I-215 tunnel from the McCarran International Airport claiming that this is the shortest way to your hotel. Not true. This tunnel is not the shortest way to get anywhere on the strip and all this trip will do is add more money to your fare. Trust me on this. I was unaware of this scam on my first trip to Las Vegas, so it took 30 minutes to get to my hotel, which was less than 10 minutes away. I remained unaware until my trip back to the airport, which took about 10 minutes. Need I say more?

Las Vegas TaxiIt is against the law for taxis to pick passengers up by the wayside. If you are on the strip and you need a taxi, go to the nearest casino. There is usually a spot where taxicabs line up to pick up waiting passengers. It is a very orderly process, done on a first-come first-served basis, and there is usually someone there to help things along.

You will have to wear a seat belt while in the cab. A car seat is not required for your infant if none is available, but if you have one with you then you will need to use it. (read more about the exception to the law below)

There are 16 registered taxicab companies in Las Vegas. The taxicabs for each company have unique color combinations and numbers.